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Anyone with irritable bowel syndrome knows the pain of an unhappy gut. Some experience this in the form of diarrhea, others constipation, or even a combination of the two… Ouch!

Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome know just how unbearable an unhappy gut can be. Some may experience this in the form of diarrhea, while others experience constipation, or perhaps even a combination of the two.. Who knows what the day will throw at you!

It can be a debilitating condition that needs  lifelong management. It can have an effect on many so-called simple daily decisions, such as which restaurant to go to, and even how and when to exercise. But the good news is that people with IBS can still workout.

Exercise is probably not the first thing you think of when pondering a solution for your IBS, but studies show that exercise can assist with improving the symptoms of IBS, whilst also encouraging good general health and relieving related stress. Research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows that individuals with IBS who take part in some type of exercise experience the symptoms of IBS less severely than those who don’t – all the more reason to start getting active! 

Which Exercise Is Best for IBS?

For many people, some light or moderate exercise can be an ideal way to alleviate the painful symptoms of IBS, without making them worse. It may just help improve your bowel movements, but you must ensure that you avoid pushing too hard.

Exercises To Avoid With IBS:

  • Running
  • Skipping
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Burpees 

Try not to upset your GI tract with a high-intensity workout, and try one of these types of workouts (as indicated below) instead.


Exercises To Help Relieve IBS:

  • Brisk Walking
  • Yoga (Keep it gentle though!)
  • Low-intensity Bike Rides
  • Pilates
  • Swimming 

Exercise has been proven to help give your endorphins a lovely boost while lowering your stress levels. Stress can contribute to some of the abdominal symptoms you may experience. In any case, any activity that lowers your stress levels should be welcomed with open arms.

4 Tips to Exercising When You Have IBS  

  1. Skip the hot coffee or cup of tea – simply having caffeine and hot drinks can result in contractions in the stomach. 
  2. Avoid gas-causing food way before you start your workout.
  3. Time your workouts so that you only exercise at times when your intestines are feeling calm.
  4. Avoid eating two hours before you exercise – choose to workout first thing in the morning, so you’ll also be less hungry.

Try Artigest! A Supplement Tailored for Managing the Symptoms of IBS

Ask your doctor about Artigest IBS, which may offer natural digestive relief by reducing gastric motility symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia – such as nausea, bloating and abdominal pain, gastric fullness and early satiety.  

Artigest IBS contains Prodigest® – a patented combination of two standardised ingredients: a lipophilic CO2 extract of Ginger roots (Zingiber officinale Rosc) and a unique extract of artichoke leaves (Cynara cardunculus L) that has proven to assist with digestion. 

Releaf Pharmaceuticals believes all treatment of illness should always begin with your doctor’s opinion.